Flu vaccine remains a shot in the dark

Henrietta Strickland
September 14, 2018

Public Health England have released the figures to try and encourage the over 65s to get their flu jabs.

"I'm delighted the weather is good and the people are helpful", said Keating, who praised the county, which offers flu vaccines at its county health centers, for setting up the drive-thru clinic. At the time, 43% of people said they weren't planning on getting a flu shot that season.

The CDC says more than 700,000 people nationwide went to hospitals with flu symptoms a year ago, which is one of the reasons the state Health Department is urging Central Georgians to get a flu shot now. According to the CDC, people who are at the highest risks of developing flu related complications include; children under five, seniors, pregnant women and individuals who suffer from chronic health issues (asthma, diabetes and heart diseases among others) that can be made more serious by the flu.

The Washington Post reported in February on the 36-percent success rate and said it dropped to 25 percent in the USA against the "most virulent and predominant strain" known as H3N2.

Reports in the news media of airline passengers with influenza are a reminder that the influenza season in the United States is fast approaching, and people who are sick should protect themselves-and others-by not traveling. "It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to build those antibodies in your system and protect you from the flu...."

There were record-breaking hospitalizations for the flu in metro Atlanta last flu season - more than 3,000 hospitalizations.

For children, the NHS use the nasal spray vaccine because it protects them better, for longer, and is easier and more comfortable for children than the injection.The flu virus enters the body through the nose and mouth so the vaccination spray is given through the nose so it mimics the flu virus and results in a better immune response than an injected vaccine.

Fact #6 - The flu changes every year.

Jill Baber is influenza surveillance coordinator with the health department. Further, vaccinations will continue to be available even when the flu season has already arrived, so even then, there is still a chance to get immunized.

Often marketed as the less painful option for children, the AAP doesn't recommend the nasal spray over the traditional flu shot. Flu activity tends to pick up in October and November, and usually peaks between December and February. They went on to add that millions of people get affected by the flu every year and nearly thousands expire from the all the possible causes of flu. "It's important to get your flu vaccination, especially if you're in the higher-risk population...." . About 2,000 US adults were surveyed.

Children between the ages of six months to 59 months and pregnant women are among the groups more vulnerable to influenza.

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